There’s something so beautiful about creating. And a lot of bloggers will testify. That moment when you finally launch your blog. It’s like having a baby I hear, or being on a roller coaster – a mix of excitement & fear. And an anticipation for all of the world to see and love this your creation. I remember starting my blog & all the gush of enthusiasm (and fear) that followed. I was over the moon.

But then I think a comment sort of brought me back to earth. To paraphase, it was something along the lines of “aww I can relate to the joy and excitement every new blogger has for their blog“. Basically, it insinuated that after a few months, that joy was set to fade or at least dwindle. Was she wrong? Not really. With time, the ugly bits of blogging begun to rear its head – competition and thoughts of the future, promotion, blog design, time, generating content, lack of engagement and generally feeling uninspired.

Personally, I feel like I could write content almost every single day. I enjoy writing, I enjoy the interviews on my blog, I enjoy simply engaging and when I happen to receive feedback – it’s the best feeling. That doesn’t mean that I don’t get bored. Not of the blog, but of other things, top of my list is promotion! In recent times, I’ve slacked so much at promoting the blog. And like one of my favourite blogging quote goes, ‘Content is King, Promotion is Queen, and she wears the pants!

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So when boredom strikes, or when it seems like the blog has reached its peak, it takes a super enthusiastic person, or one who absolutely does it out of passion to keep going and keep succeeding.

Let’s consider 5 ways that bloggers could switch things up often to inject the ‘mojo‘ black into their blogs, and find that love again!

1.     Seriously consider your other interests / niches!

Honestly, I often feel that people who have a particular and defined blog niche are so lucky! For one it saves you a tonne of time and stress in coming up with an elevator pitch or explaining your blog to people. You can simply say “I blog about my style and share fashion tips; or I write about my travels, or natural hair or movies or money and finance“.  For people like me that write on a whole lot, it’s often trickier to explain. But that said, I often wonder if such niche bloggers feel the need to sometimes share something different. And do they feel constrained that they can’t?

The truth is if your niche works for you and you still enjoy it, I think you should stick with it. But if you’ve gotten to a place of boredom or no progress – it’s time to put on those thinking caps! Your audience probably want to hear all of your other experiences as an individual. So you started out as a natural hair blogger, but now you’ve got a kid and you think mummy hood is the best thing since sliced bread? Blog about it. People aren’t reading your fashion posts anymore because they see the photos on Instagram anyway. But then when you share insights about your  daily work/ life / marriage experiences there’s so much engagement. It possibly time to consider introducing this to the blog. You don’t have to make a complete switch. But writing about these topics you initially won’t consider might inject some newness and excitement again and take you on to blogging cloud 9.

2.     Team Up

There’s an African proverb that says “if you want to walk far, walk together“. I’m a fan of working with people (as in actually working with them. Not like high school or uni days where one person does all the work and others simply put in their names, ha!). In blogging, teaming up and collaboration is not particularly a new feature. But, these are often limited to individual blog posts or appearances.

Teaming up in this context, I actually use to refer to something much more permanent. The fear of competition often prevents us from going into such partnerships. But it can be such a great way to find newness. One way I’ve seen this apply is mostly to vloggers, and personally if I ever started vlogging, it is one I will look to adopt. So I’ve seen two fashion bloggers come together to create a joint YouTube channel, and I’ve also watched 3 travel bloggers create a separate travel channel. This doesn’t seem to have affected their individual blogs or platforms. I’ve seen a few bloggers and creatives do this as well, and come together to work on certain projects.

If you find the right one, go for it. More so, you don’t have to be in the same niche. But you could team up with someone in a totally different niche from you. If you’re too scared to dive in it, you could test the waters by creating a regular joint segment on your blogs/channels – and simply sharing!

3.     Switch up the design

I get bored so easily! I get bored of eating from the same kind of plate, wearing the same clothes etc. So if you’re anything like me (and even if you’re not) you’re likely to get bored with your blog design. Even if you’re not bored of it, your readers might be. So spend some time making sure its functional and easy to navigate. Perhaps change the side bar or header photo occasionally, switch up the images / posts that appear that on the side bar. The ball is in your court.

Asides a design of the blog itself, you could switch up other related things. Perhaps the props you typically use for your photos, or the manner in which you write your blog posts? There’s got to be something to do – a big revamp or just some little things could make a world of difference.

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4.     Introduce Multimedia

If I could get over listening to the sound of my own voice and the thought of lots of people watching me, I will introduce some form of multimedia! Are less people reading blogs and just tired of blogs – that’s arguable. But are multi-media platforms such as YouTube and Podcasts increasingly gaining ground, yes! So it’s definitely something to consider. Like number 1, you don’t have to dive in fully. You could dip your toes in first, and see how you get along.

5.       Take a break… & Dream Big

After all said and done, it’s helpful to take a break! Sometimes we get so involved in our blogs, that we begin to neglect other parts of our lives and it just feels overwhelming. You’re constantly thinking page views and traffic, promotions, perfect flat lays and photos.

Urgh. Calm down. Step back. You could go cold turkey and not even do anything blog related at all. Do other fun things. You’re likely to have a clearer head and return back to the blog with much more enthusiasm. Or you could withdraw significantly from the blog, but still do somethings different. For example, go back to some of your older posts. See how far you’ve come, have a laugh at the things you wrote there. Re-share those older posts. Find all the great feedback people have said about your blog. Revel in them. Also the not so great ones might provide some ideas on how to improve. Perhaps conduct a user survey? Re-think the purpose and vision of your blog? But ensure you’re doing all of these leisurely – to avoid a double burn out.

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Finally, dream. There’s no harm in dreaming. Think of all the great possibilities that could arise from that little blog of yours. And then hopefully, you’d be re-energised to build on those dreams.

Does blogging or the creative process ever get boring for you? How do you deal with this. Please share your tips!

Love,
Kachee… Xx

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  1. Oreoluwa Aremo

    June 16, 2017 at 10:02

    Love the tips! Take a break and big dream is actually a very vital point. No matter how good of a writer or how creative you are, things could get overwhelming at some point and then pressure sets in. When I took a break from blogging, it seriously helped me; creating contents with a fresh mind and journalling was so refreshing.Oréoluwa’s blog

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 16, 2017 at 13:26

      Blog breaks are so so needed, and yes, it helps to think up more creative content. Glad you found it useful!

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  2. Tracy Nwokoma

    June 16, 2017 at 10:29

    Very useful tips, Kachee! I just came around from a blogging hiatus and I find that most of the things that you have mentioned are actually very practical. I look forward to applying more of these suggestions.Have a great day!!thoughtsbytrey.wordpress.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 16, 2017 at 16:07

      Thanks Tracy! So glad it was handy!

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  3. Afoma

    June 16, 2017 at 10:36

    I’m really enjoying the fact that I’m niching down, because I’m getting the kind of readership I want. I think finding what works for you is the most important step to enjoying blogging.It’s great to try new areas of interest with regards to blogging, but make sure you’re doing it because you want to, not because you’re desperate to add more readers. Next thing you’re stuck having to blog about things you don’t like because your audience expects you to. This shows and your readers will know when you’re not really into it. It will also be harder to keep up with blogging when you’re not true to yourself.Blogging will have ups and downs, but circling back to your motives will help to keep you going. If all else fails, a break is rejuvenating and totally worth it.Really enjoyed reading this, Kachee!afomaumesi.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 16, 2017 at 16:07

      Thanks Afoma! I re-echo your line that finding what works is the most important step, and any new interests or niches should be because you enjoy it, If you don’t, it’ll show somehow the readers are unlikely to as well!

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  4. Ufuoma

    June 16, 2017 at 10:50

    I have been blogging for one year and still love it. I love the act of writing on the blog, I just really don’t like the promotion bit. Sometimes it feels forced and it feels like I am shoving my content down people’s throats. I have stopped promoting as much because I find that I have readers who read regardless, because they enjoy it and not because they have seen it too many times and are forced to click.About a blogging niche. I quite like the niche I am in and haven’t ever thought about changing. I do get some weird comments about how I should add entertainment and gossip (like Linda Ikeji-esque) into my blog to get more traffic and I’m like, “wow, what a reach!” From travel blogging to gossip? What kind of person will I be? My readers will be so shocked. Haha!I hardly have situations when I feel like writing about other topics and when I do, I just publish it on my Medium account and share on social media. That way, I can keep both separate.This was a great read, Kachee. I feel like I say that all the time.www.theufuoma.comtravel lifestyle passion

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 16, 2017 at 11:02

      Ohh you have a medium account! That makes sense and I should definitely check it out – would love to see your other writings. I don’t think there’s any pressure to broaden for you honestly. This just applies to people who may have other interests but unsure of how whether to incorporate. So please please ignore those weird comments – we don’t want gossip! 😩. Promotion really does suck. I always feel like I’m bothering people these days.Thank you so much for reading and being so kind!

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  5. Kezzygrace

    June 16, 2017 at 12:32

    Though I’m a novice, it gets boring most times too and then I feel downcasted like I’m not doing enough and i just want perfection in my contents,design and every other thing, and i want them all at once too .lolBut then again it’s something I love doing. So, I remind myself and get back to work better.Thanks a lot for the post, very helpul.

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 16, 2017 at 13:25

      Keep going, and just strive to improve bits by bits. You’re very welcome!

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  6. Bubu Green

    June 16, 2017 at 15:47

    Kachee, I was thinking about this recently. How birthing a blog was all about passion to write. Now there’s so much pressure on having the numbers, the promotion. Which is good. In fact blog whisperers will tell you that’s what’s needed but personally, I just take a step back and breathe. It’s soooo needed. It’s good to also make your vision clear. I remember telling my readers that family comes first. I won’t ditch little priceless moments with family just to work on publishing a post. As soon as I got that vision clear in my head, I’ve stopped being too hard on myself. Cos the pressure of gaining readership just comes over you and if you work in such head space, you’d keep going downhill. A recess from time to time is necessary.I have a pressing question though. Is having a structured niche a prerequisite to great blogging?Great article.www.bubusboulevard.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 16, 2017 at 16:06

      Bubs. This is all caused by the competition honestly. But I don’t think I’m ready to get sucked into all that promotion and SEO frenzy. I hope the blog grows organically and people find it. Except maybe I hire someone to do all those bits. That way we can stick to the passion of writing.As per niche, I honestly do not think it’s a must to great blogging. Some people’s interests are so streamlined, some (like me and I think you) are so varied and I do not seem to be able to write about just one thing. A bit of structure might be helpful, but need not be overly structured!

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  7. Yummy Mum Life

    June 16, 2017 at 22:20

    Times when I feel bored I just step back and let it be.If I push I end up wasting time on content I won’t publish or that I’m not satisfied with.It’s important to breathe or go somewhere your mind can just pick inspiration from.Some people I’ve learnt go to chic hotels or places for inspiration.Could vary and especially if you’re not a news blogger where it’s mostly copy and paste you may need time to reboot or something.www.CheecheeLive.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 19, 2017 at 09:33

      So true. You need to breathe and get some inspiration. It’s not fun when you write content that I’m not satisfied with!

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  8. musingsofachristianchick.com

    June 20, 2017 at 10:26

    I started out with, blogging about my faith, but i recently discivered that i love wtiting about other stuff too, still centered around positivity and inspiration, so i decided to throw that part of me into the mix…it was scary at first, but warraheck trying never hurt

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  9. DamiLoves

    June 20, 2017 at 13:43

    This is so true, it’s important to have some time to start afresh and even rebrand oneself!! Carving out a niche is important but it also takes time, Is suppose that is where passion comes in.Love notes to the men in my life

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  10. Zinny

    June 20, 2017 at 20:34

    I haven’t visited your blog in a while and I sure missed it. Isn’t it funny how this seems to be my recent situation? lol. I just started a YouTube Channel and Podcast as well. And then I started posting on Medium.. been postponing that for months.I actually started feeling uninspired at some point in the blogging journey and realized that I needed to clear my head for a while- best decision ever!It also helps to read self-help books and follow celebrities that inspire you. The goal is to touch or inspire just one person each day. If you’ve got passion for what you do, then it should definitely inspire or motivate someone. As for promotion, it’s quite stressful and I hope I figure that out some day!www.zinnyfactor.com

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  11. jennifer ijeoma

    June 21, 2017 at 21:40

    I am mostly always late here and many of the times, just like with this post, after going through the comments, they seem to re-echo my thoughts. Going back to the “why” is definitely something to do so often. We also need to look past the competition and understand that the circumstances are not always the same for everyone, so must times you must find a pace that works and stick with it. I am really not an overly structured person and so i find that many things interest me and i like to talk about them and blogs like yours makes me believe it is a niche in itself. Also I think it’s okay to leave your own space and go and connect and discover other blogs/writing platforms. It helps you get out of your head and relearn a thing or two you and stay inspired. For someone like me who hated English in school and any type of writing ,doing this for close to 6months means that I am not as bad as I thought after all and it means growth too. Now I sit on my laptop and type away…lolwww.ijefinelivin.com

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  12. Precious Nkeih

    June 22, 2017 at 16:44

    Timely post, Kachee!Blogging is like marriage. In the beginning, you are so in love, constantly thinking of and working on your blog. Then with time the excitement dwindles and you have to wake up each day and decide to make it work.Even when we are doing the right thing we face “the resistance” which is that thing inside you that keeps pulling you to do something else instead of focusing on your blog. We must not confuse “the resistance” with the need to take a break. Every now and then a break is necessary.Also, diversifying ways of sending out your content really helps. YouTube videos, Facebook live, Facebook/Instagram overhead videos are other ways we could reach people instead of just writing on the blog. We could take our popular posts and make them into videos. Videos are powerful! They reach far more people than text. These days, I am focusing more on promoting my old posts then working on creating quality epic content instead of rushing to publish something new every few days. The results are amazing. My page views are higher plus I have more time to develop needed skills – photography, video editing, social media marketing and all.If you want to make money off your blog, a niche might be the way to go. Niche blogs are super successfully when it comes to monetising. However, I also know a few successful blogs publish a variety of content e.g abeautifulmess.com. Even if you do not want to niche down, I would say be known for something. Have a primary blog topic and let the others be secondary. That way, you will better connect with the right audience.Meanwhile, there will always be competition. We should let every competition only bring out the best in us. We should work at giving value to others and most importantly enjoying what we do.Kachee, your post stirred me up. I almost wrote another blog post. LOL. Thank you for sharing!preciouscore.com

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  13. Ralph Bamigboye

    July 3, 2017 at 11:49

    You just hit the nail on the head Competition but i like to call it jealousy. Those that have gone far don’t want you to share from their fame and those that are just been recognized think there are already there.Another thing! Almost everyone is thinking of the traffic, while little is looking at changing on life at a time.More anointing to your elbow Kacheetee.comagidigbaMENagidigbamen.blogspot.com

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  14. Desire Uba

    July 5, 2017 at 16:36

    Honestly needed this Kachee. I have been on a really long break from blogging because I have been in such a rut, being afraid of just not being good enough, but this has helped me evaluate myself and now I think I really should go back and do what I actually love doing.Thank you!www.desireuba.wordpress.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      July 5, 2017 at 16:43

      You should go back Hun! As long as you love it. They’d be down times but we keep pushing. Xx

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